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Resistance Trends of Klebsiella pneumoniae Causing Urinary Tract Infections in Chongqing, 2011–2019

Authors Ding Y, Wang H, Pu S, Huang S, Niu S

Received 5 December 2020

Accepted for publication 22 January 2021

Published 9 February 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 475—481


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Suresh Antony

Yanhui Ding, Huijuan Wang, Shuli Pu, Shifeng Huang,* Siqiang Niu*

Department of Laboratory Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Siqiang Niu; Shifeng Huang Email;

Purpose: To analyze the characteristics and trends of drug resistance for Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae), isolated from urinary tract infections (UTIs), to common antibiotics used in clinics.
Methods: This retrospective study was conducted in a teaching hospital in Chongqing from 2011 to 2019. Laboratory data of isolated bacteria were collected and analyzed.
Results: Among the 17,966 non-repetitive strains isolated from the urine sample, a total of 1543 K. pneumoniae isolates were identified, with an isolation frequency secondary only to Escherichia coli (E. coli) and there was a peak in the K. pneumoniae isolates in the year 2013. During the period, the rate of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing K. pneumoniae fell from 48.4% in 2011 to 32.9% in 2019, and a marked jump of resistance was seen in carbapenems from 2.2% to 18.0%. The peak of carbapenem resistance rate (22.6%) to K. pneumoniae was observed in 2017 along with a low ESBL-producing rate (30.9%). Piperacillin/tazobactam and cefepime resistance levels went up from 4.4% to 25.7% and from 18.2% to 30.5%, respectively. Moreover, the K. pneumoniae isolates resistance rate to carbapenems and amikacin gradually grew up, showing their peaks in 2017, and then dropped year by year. However, ceftazidime and aztreonam resistance levels were relatively stable, fluctuating between 21.8% and 35.6%, 32.2% and 39.4%, respectively.
Conclusion: There is a significant upward tendency in carbapenem resistance rate and a downward tendency in ESBL-production rate in K. pneumoniae isolates from UTIs, and continuous surveillance is necessary in the future.

Keywords: urinary tract infections, Klebsiella pneumoniae, carbapenem resistance, extended-spectrum β-lactamase

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